• BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
    [Organization] What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok
    In 2007, over ten years ago, I launched a crowdfunding campaign to participate in the first ever Cambodian bloggers conference, organized by Tharu m and colleagues. The closing plenary featured Jack Sim , the founder of the social impact movement, The World Toilet Organization.
  • JOHN HAGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
    [Organization] The Connection Between Narrative and Purpose
    Both narrative and purpose can be crafted at the level of each of us as individuals, organizations and broader social entities like cities, religions and movements. It’s directed to the people within the organization although it can be useful in helping others outside the organization (e.g., investors, partners, customers) to better understand what the organization is trying to achieve. They instill loyalty in a growing number of people outside the organization.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
    [Organization] Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?
    As projects get more complex or your organization is trying to accomplish more with less resources, it gets harder to accomplish without more intentional planning. Organization loses focus. Fires are urgent but unimportant activities that are not a part of your organization’s plan, but require a resource investment. How does your organization avoid crisis mode and fire drills? Flickr Photo by Gavin St.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
    [Organization] filter failure is not acceptable
    The challenge for any organization dependent on knowledge is to ensure that implicit knowledge from those closest to customers and the external world informs the explicit knowledge that is shared throughout the company. Knowledge comes from and through an organization’s people. The explicit knowledge officially sanctioned by the organization is an emergent property of the implicit knowledge that is shared between employees. Fake news. PR hype. Content marketing. Advertorials.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
    [Organization] Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment
    Economic activity is generally organized into three distinct sectors : the primary sector comprises industries dealing with natural resources such as agriculture, mining, fishing; the secondary sector includes industries that produce manufactured goods as well as construction; and the tertiary sector includes industries that provide services. Is the Robocalypse upon us?, asked MIT economist David Autor in his presentation at a recent Forum of European central bankers.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
    [Organization] Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations
    Since the launch of our book, I’ve been teaching workshops for nonprofits on how to practice self-care and bring a culture of wellbeing into organizations. And I keep hearing the same questions and concerns: Inevitably, a nonprofit leader will come up and confide that everyone in the organization is on the cusp of burnout. They are passionate about the organization’s work, but they find it hard to continue while feeling devalued.
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
    [Organization] Net neutrality still matters. A lot.
    Net neutrality regulates the organizations that provide access to the Internet — to our Internet — to make sure that they do not play favorites. Net neutrality is not a layer on top of the Internet. It is not a regulation place on the Internet. It is the Internet, as Doc Searls and I explained way back when in a post called World of Ends. Tell the FCC that this matters to you. The post Net neutrality still matters. A lot. appeared first on Joho the Blog
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
    [Organization] freedom inc. review
    If you liked the book Reinventing Organizations (2014) then you will like Freedom Inc. If have not read Frédéric Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations , read Freedom Inc. has many case studies from the same companies that are in Reinventing Organizations but the former are more comprehensive. In addition, most of the organizations have transparent information flows for all to see. Reorganization has to be part of an organization, not something done to it.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
    [Organization] Creating A Global Network of Capacity Builders for Social Change
    Furthermore, many practitioners and individual advocates in the space don’t know about fellow organizations serving similar purposes or filling complementary gaps. Develop peer learning opportunities: Many interviewees felt that incentives were misaligned across progressive organizations to facilitate meaningful reflection on what’s working and what’s not.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
    [Organization] A Bad Tart
    As well as the organization. Good learning requires a basis for intrinsic interest. The topic should be of interest to the learner, a priori or after the introduction. If the learner doesn’t ‘get’ why this learning is relevant to them, it doesn’t stick as well. And this isn’t what gamification does. So tarting up content is counter-productive. It’s a bad (s)tart! Ok, to be clear, there’re two types of gamification.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
    [Organization] On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet
    Much of the success of the Internet and Web is due to the international organizations created to oversee their evolution, including IETF - the Internet Engineering Task Force, ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and W3C , - the World Wide Web Consortium. For blockchain to succeed, it will similarly require the stewardship of international organizations to oversee its evolution.
  • CHARLES JENNINGS  |  MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
    [Organization] 70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose
    The study interviewed 191 currently successful executives from multiple organizations. I might add that there is a lot of variance between organizations and levels and types of people. What approaches can we take to enable self-directed 70-20 learning that improves capabilities and performance throughout an organization? This is a re-post of an article by Cal Wick of Fort Hill. The original is on the 70-20 Blog site. There are a few observations from me at the bottom.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017
    [Organization] Writing For Learning: Patti Shank book
    While I ordinarily refuse (on principle, otherwise I’d get swamped and become a PR hack; and I never promise a good review), I acquiesced to Patti Shank’s offer of a copy of her new book Write and Organize for Deeper Learning. The first of a potential series on evidence-based processes in learning design, this one is focused on content: writing and organization.
  • CHARLES JENNINGS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Organization] Jay Cross Memorial Award - 2017
    Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. Marcia co-organized and co-hosted the Creating a Learning Culture conference at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, leading to a book of the same title. She also was the instigator who organized the team for the twitter chat #lrnchat, which continues to this day.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Organization] Jay Cross Memorial Award 2017: Marcia Conner
    Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. Marcia co-organized and co-hosted the Creating a Learning Culture conference at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, leading to a book of the same title. She also was the instigator who organized the team for the twitter chat #lrnchat , which continues to this day.
  • JANE HART  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Organization] Announcing the Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2017
    Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. … Social learning
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Organization] Jay Cross Memorial Award 2017
    Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. Marcia co-organized and co-hosted the Creating a Learning Culture conference at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, leading to a book of the same title. She also was the instigator who organized the team for the twitter chat #lrnchat , which continues to this day.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
    [Organization] The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education
    TechHire is focused on leveling the playing field in three key ways: expanding training options and providing resources so that more people can access tech training; partnering with employers to help them give job candidates with non-traditional training an opportunity to show they have the skills to do the job; and helping to build relationships between employers, training providers, job seekers, and other local organizations.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017
    [Organization] our simply complex world
    On his first day, we sat down in front of a large whiteboard, and I gave him a one-hour history lesson on our organization, ranging from where we fell within the military’s formal hierarchy to where our tactical units fit within our own. But it will never be possible to transform an existing organization into this.”. After the employees worked their last day in a traditional, hierarchical organization on Friday, they started their Monday in a fully self-managed organization.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Future Cyberwars
    It could be a nation-state, a terrorist organization, or a 13 year old from their bedroom. By David Gurteen This last week or so I have read two disturbing articles. Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault. How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab For Cyberwar. What concerns me is not the politics, but the increasing ability for anyone to conduct cyberwarfare.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: A Practical KM Companion
    In it, they examine and analyze these diverse KM programs, using quotes, insights, and stories to show why these programs were successful and how they improved both knowledge capture and knowledge flow in their respective organizations. By David Gurteen. My good KM friends Patricia Eng and Paul Corney have recently published a book Navigating the Minefield - A Practical KM Companion. Patricia, very kindly gave me a copy at KM UK a few weeks ago.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
    [Organization] Antigonish 2.0
    This teaching method, organized by intensive fieldwork, became a technique for mobilizing adults for continuous study, by means of small and serious social action study groups. “Local communities were organized into neighbourhood groups, usually composed of five to ten members who met in homes, halls and schoolhouses. There is a tradition of using public broadcasting for debate and public education in Canada.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
    [Organization] Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention
    A number of initiatives have been recently organized to address these and other AI long-term challenges, including the aforementioned One Hundred Year Study of AI , the Future of Life Institute and the Partnership on AI. Several weeks ago Vanity Fair published and article by NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd , - Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the AI Apocalypse.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
    [Organization] On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that
    Decentralized Autonomous Organization. This is “an organization that is run through rules encoded as computer programs called smart contracts. A DAO’s financial transaction record and program rules are maintained on a blockchain… The precise legal status of this type of business organization is unclear. Take a look at this chart : CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations. As Neo said , Whoa.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
    [Organization] ETR Steps Forward for Weekly #WorkplaceWellness
    Her CEO recently wrote a post reflecting on their wellness efforts on the organization’s blog and she agreed generously to republish this post as a guest post. But we are an organization that believes in continuous improvement. This is a way for us to live one of the bedrock values of our organization. I’d love to hear about the wellness efforts of your organization. ETR Associates Staff Walking Group.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
    [Organization] How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?
    Of course, organizational leaders of to model this mindset and people in the organization have to practice it. Is it part of your organization’s work culture or viewed as “slacking.?” Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
    [Organization] learning cities
    “Learning Cities harness their knowledge, social networks, environmental assets and financial capital to facilitate the development of skills, knowledge and values by local people and organizations.” Is tribalism a reaction to our concerns about the emerging network era, which is putting into question our existing institutions and markets developed in previous eras?
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
    [Organization] Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet
    At a certain point, organizations are faced with diminishing returns. Blockchains have the potential to eradicate the cost of complexity and ultimately redefine the traditional boundaries of an organization.”. They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. But while most ledgers are now digital, their underlying organization has not changed.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
    [Organization] network learning cities
    “According to my review of history and theory, four forms of organization — and evidently only four — lie behind the governance and evolution of all societies across the ages: The tribal form was the first to emerge and mature, beginning thousands of years ago. The market form, the third form of organization to take hold, enables people to excel at openly competitive, free, and fair economic exchanges.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
    [Organization] Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age
    If your organization has the skills to craft authentic, real, emotional stories about the work that you do every day and make those stories social, you will be able to grow support and keep donors engaged. their own and a reason to be giving back to your organization. My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “ Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits ” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Organization] 5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact
    If you are thinking about adding a Facebook Messenger bot to your organization’s digital strategy, spend some time interacting with other nonprofit bots. The Climate Reality Bot is designed to educate supporters and build the organization’s email list for action alerts. If your organization wants to create something genius like this, it will most likely require time, resources, and outsourced expertise, but it will stand out.
  • JOHN HAGEL  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Organization] The Big Shift From Engagement to Passion
    Celebrate those who are passionate (remember there are 13% of the workers who already have this kind of passion) and who are taking risks in addressing challenges that will help them, and the organization, get to higher and higher levels of performance. For decades now, companies have been relentlessly tracking levels of employee engagement. Every large company I know has an employee engagement survey it regularly administers. Is it possible that they’re tracking the wrong thing?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
    [Organization] cities as learning platforms
    Help people keep organized. Cities can support learning at all levels: city staff, communities, social networks, commercial organizations, non-profits, and all citizens. The city becomes more than a learning organization. In 2008, CEO’s for Cities recommended a more inclusive way of supporting learning in the community. Basically, the city becomes the learning platform, not just for schooling but for other community support activities, such as policing and heath care.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
    [Organization] What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?
    Helium, one of the most abundant elements in the universe, is produced on Earth only as a byproduct of rotting organic matter. That’s the question asked by Quora here. I’ve camped on our planet for awhile now, so I wrote a few answers. Here they are: I doubt people learn the following lessons “most often” or “too late,” but I still hope they help. The purpose of life is death.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
    [Organization] Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools
    Organizations that take productivity seriously, however, understand that false dichotomies make poor investments: Smarter machines can - and should - be keys to unlocking greater returns from human capital.”. Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. This is one of the most serious challenges in our 21st century economy.
  • BETH KANTER  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
    [Organization] 3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits
    IDEO.org is a nonprofit design organization that launched out of IDEO with a mission to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable communities through design and offers a number of free and low cost resources. The Facilitator’s Guide is a free online course in collaboration with +Acumen that guides social change leaders through a design process and helps them understand different facilitation techniques.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
    [Organization] New Project: Digitizing Higher Education
    The intent is to impact 1 million learners over the next four years through offering innovative teaching and learning opportunities, utilizing effective learning analytics models, integrating learning across all spaces of life, and creating a digital and networked mindset to organization operations. As partners in university innovation, we (through Interlab) have deep expertise in machine learning, systemic innovation, networked learning, online learning, and digitization of organizations.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
    [Organization] New E-Book: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Nonprofits
    But, does your entire organization treat it this way? I’m thrilled to contribute a chapter in Blackbaud’s newest npEXPERTS eBook , that includes 10 chapters of ideas on how create a culture of philanthropy—one in which executives, board members, accountants, marketers, and everyone in between understand the importance of your organization’s fundraising success and how they can contribute to it within their unique roles.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
    [Organization] Open Learning, Open Networks
    Tools like Docker organize boxes into ‘containers’ so they can be scaled as needed to meet increased server load. The stuff comes to you, and organizes itself, and puts itself in your server-less content management system all by itself, ready for you to use. That's voting, but the wisdom of crowds is described by people like James Surowiecki, where the organization and the structure of society represents the knowledge that it contains.
  • GEORGE SIEMENS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
    [Organization] Handbook of Learning Analytics (open)
    Some came from our sister organization, IEDMS , that has open proceedings. When we started the learning analytics conference in 2011 , we aligned with ACM. We received a fair bit of criticism for not pursuing fully open proceedings. We made a difficult choice to go with the traditional route of quality, indexed proceedings, largely in order to ensure that colleagues from Europe and Latin America could receive funds for their travels.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
    [Organization] Daily Tab for 2016_06_07
    I’m also annotating entries with hashtags and organizing sections into bulleted lists. For today’s entries, I’m noting which linked pieces require you to turn off tracking protection, meaning tracking is required by those publishers. AdBlocking and #Advertising. The inventor of Adblock tells us he wrote the code as a ‘procrastination project’ at university — and he’s never made money from it ( @larakiara in Business Insider ) #adblocking.
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017
    [Organization] [liveblog] metaLab
    Q: At the AI Advance , Jonathan Zittrain said that organizations are a type of AI: governed by a set of rules, they grow and learn beyond their individuals, etc. Harvard metaLab is giving an informal Berkman Klein talk about their work on designing for ethical AI. Jeffrey Schnapp introduces metaLab as “an idea foundry, a knowledge-design lab, and a production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.”
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017
    [Organization] Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over?
    Grassroots organizing. Click to Check Out Beth Bot. What is the “autonomous world?” As Jeremiah Owyang , founder of Crowd Companies , describes it as drones, robots, chat bots, and AI. He should know, having tracked and observed the disruption caused by online technology over the past decade. We are in the middle of global disruption due to widespread mobile Internet and cloud technology, Big Data, the rise of the collaborative economy and crowdsourcing/funding.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017
    [Organization] organizing for the network era
    In my last post I noted that many organizations today are nothing more than attractive prisons. These organizations are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and hard to share, and when connections with others were difficult to make and required command and control. Organizations today should be designed more like the internet ( small pieces, loosely joined ) and less like attractive prisons. Organizing Principle: Network Management.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
    [Organization] Book Review: The Imagination Gap
    I’ve known Brian for over ten years and he is a brilliant strategist for executive leaders and global brands – nonprofits, startups, and political organizations. The big idea in the book is that imagination is the greatest natural resource available to humans and organizations and it is a muscle that we are not exercising regularly. My colleague Brian Reich has just published a new book, The Imagination Gap.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
    [Organization] A learning meta-story
    The story details a business situation: the organization, it’s current status, and a situation that’s occurred that requires an action. In this case, it’s a marketing plan for a new product that has been the focus of most of the organization’s effort. Been thinking about how to generate meaningful learning in optimal (read: concise but effective) ways.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
    [Organization] 4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser
    Take better care of yourself so you can raise more money for organization’s mission to save the world. You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home. It’s totally normal to feel super exhausted after a particularly rough day—but if every day is starting to feel rough, you might be close to burning out.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
    [Organization] attractive prisons
    Today we hear a lot about models like holacracy and teal organizations that are focused on changing how we work together in organizations. Teal organization: A new kind of organization designed to enable “whole” individuals (not narrow professional selves) to self-organize and self-manage to achieve an organic organizational purpose (determined not through hierarchical planning but incrementally, responsively, and from the bottom up).
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
    [Organization] Global Trends and Business Strategy
    The article discusses nine major global forces organized into three distinct mega-trends: global growth shifts, accelerating industry disruption, and a new societal deal. McKinsey recently published an article on the long-term trends that are reshaping the business environment. T he article reminds us that the trend is your friend is an old adage that applies to business strategy as well as to investing.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
    [Organization] life in the jungle
    The challenge for an organization is to have a flexible enough structure to let people move in and out of the jungle. How can you survive in the jungle when you live in a zoo? “Our silos (I won’t even mention cubicles!), like the cages in the zoo, exist to control behaviour and reduce complexity by creating homogeneity and closed environments.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017
    [Organization] The Convergence of Social Activism, Donations, and Social Media: Episodic Giving In A Post Truth World
    And, there are also examples of this type of giving happening as self-organized efforts by supporters without the institution coordinating or generating it or linked to political activism. A few examples from the past few months in the US: A Mosque in Victoria, Texas was burned down and the local synagogue handed the community the keys to their template.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Worcestershire Innovation Knowledge Caf?
    If you are concerned with what the future may hold - why not run a Future Café to explore the trends and issues that are shaping, influencing and distrupting our world and your organization. By David Gurteen I facilitated a Knowledge Café a month or so ago in my home town of Worcester for WINN (Worcestershire Innovation) on the topic "What are life's big questions that require innovation as an answer?".
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
    [Organization] What I Learned About Online Donor Engagement from Fundraisers in Brasil
    Last week, I was in Sao Paolo for the ABCR Festival, the leading conference in Brasil for fundraising for nonprofit organizations. The moderator, Marcelo Jamberio, organized a set of questions that other Marcelo and I responded to with slides and audience interaction. Every organization, individual has the opportunity to be a media organization.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
    [Organization] The Emerging Data Economy
    Our new big data tools now have the potential to usher an information-based scientific revolution on just about any domain of knowledge, - including people, and their varied interactions, organizations and institutions, - given our ability to now gather valuable data on almost any area of interest. The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.
  • NINE SHIFT  |  MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
    [Organization] A Happy Ending Car Crash
    3.Thousands of dollars of lost income and cost to my small organization, with other staff having to take over Cheri's duties and other work not getting done. Two weeks ago Cheri Brenna on our staff was driving on a two lane road. Coming the other way, a car stopped to turn left and was rear ended by the car in back of it, sending the car into Cheri's lane where it struck her car. .
  • DOC SEARLS   |  SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
    [Organization] An Archimedian Approach to Personal Power in the Land of Giants
    Since it was a little off (though kind and well-intended), I responded with this (lightly edited): The Doc Searls approach is to put as much agency as possible in the hands of individuals first, and self-organized groups of individuals second. On a mailing list that obsesses about All Things Networking, another member cited what he called “the Doc Searls approach” to something.
  • NINE SHIFT  |  SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
    [Organization] Are You Exhausted Yet?
    Keep changing your organization. A re you exhauste d with all the change going on? You will be, by 2020. By 1920 society and its citizens - - every industrial society, the majority of its citizens - - were so exhausted with change that they took a decade off, the 1920s. It was called a return to normalcy, although there was no "return," and instead it was the new century with all of the last century obsolete and gone.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
    [Organization] owning your data
    I cannot see why any organization would put all of its data online. I was recently interviewed for an article in Forbes magazine and asked what I thought about ‘The Cloud’ There was a typographical error in my response, so here it is corrected. The Cloud is just a different term for someone else’s computer, which you do not control.
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
    [Organization] [liveblog] AI Advance opening: Jonathan Zittrain and lightning talks
    Where can we, BKC and the Media Lab, be most effective as a research organization? Finally, how can we get to the questions we need to ask, how to answer them, and how to organize people, institutions, and automated systems? Scholarly inquiry, organizing people socially and politically, creating policies, etc.? I’m at a day-long conference/meet-up put on by the Berkman Klein Center ‘s and MIT Media Lab ‘s “ AI for the Common Good ” project.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
    [Organization] Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future
    An ever-widening range of states, organizations, and empowered individuals will shape geopolitics. Every four years since 1997, the US National Intelligence Council has been publishing a Global Trends report on the key trends that will shape the world over the following twenty years. This unclassified strategic report is intended to provide the incoming administration and other senior leaders with a framework for long-range policy assessment.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
    [Organization] integrating personal knowledge mastery
    PKM is applicable to any organization though it takes some effort to develop it for a specific context. An excellent example of this is posted as four articles by the Listening & Spoken Language organization, Hearing First , whom I first met in 2013. If your organization would like to improve workplace learning and knowledge-sharing, then contact me about a private engagement for co-creation as a service.
  • BETH KANTER  |  FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017
    [Organization] Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners
    They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit’s social change agenda or a group of people from different organizations united around a common challenge, idea, or cause. Has your organization used this model to support donor engagement or an ambassador community? A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017
    [Organization] the missing half of training
    As a result, workers are forced to take compliance training, so that in the event of a disaster , management can say that people were trained, and the organization has no further responsibility. Most civilian organizations and pretty well all businesses do not have this luxury. What the military has traditionally had as collective training is now available to civilian organizations through digital networks.
  • DAN PONTEFRACT  |  TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017
    [Organization] One Year Later Is Purpose Winning?
    It was a year ago today that my second book, THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization published. Dan's Related Posts: The Electrocardiogram of Purpose Download Chapter 1 of “The Purpose Effect” For Free Why I Wrote “The Purpose Effect” Book Lo-Tech Talk #2: The Leaders Guide to The Purpose Effect Perhaps the Purpose of an Organization?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017
    [Organization] the uncertain future of training
    Large organizations created training departments, now called ‘learning & development’ or some other variant, but still focused on one thing: looking backwards. Many organizations block access to resources. Training courses are artifacts of a time when resources were scarce and connections were few. That time has passed. The roots of training are to get a lot of people to do the same thing competently.
  • BETH KANTER  |  FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
    [Organization] Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact
    But, in my experience, this is merely because those who rule the business strategy domain don’t speak the language of mission driven organizations, who are put off by any attempt to reduce their work to fit onto forms and spreadsheets. My team at ION Studios curated 110 universally adoptable methods of social change and paired them with 10 custom mini-workshops that were designed to be led by and for social sector organizations to build their own innovation workflows.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017
    [Organization] Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?
    As a trainer and facilitator, the work I do with organizations and networks, often on behalf of a foundation for its grantees, is capacity building. What they discovered is that the existing research, both anecdotally and qualitatively, largely supports the notion that organizations that receive capacity building support can achieve greater social impact. Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017
    [Organization] Listen Up: A New, National RFP Offers Nonprofits and Funders Tools to Survey Clients
    Does your organization want to make meeting the needs of the people its serves a top priority? In 2016, 46 organizations across the 50 United States, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, received L4G grants to use that survey instrument to collect feedback from the people they serve. The cards feature a piece of participant feedback on one side and the organization’s response to it on the other. Note from Beth: Melinda T.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017
    [Organization] knowledge-sharing, post-technology
    Your organization just implemented an enterprise collaboration platform. Most large organizations today have some kind of knowledge-sharing platform. The organization can support this by fostering and supporting communities of practice. If the daily routine supports social learning in teams, communities, and networks, then an organization is on the right track. Now what?
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017
    [Organization] To LMS or not to LMS
    I’m not saying an LMS doesn’t make sense, but it seems like it’s a minor tool at best, not the central organizing function. A colleague recently asked (in general, not me specifically) whether there’s a role for LMS functions. Her query was about the value of having a place to see (recommended) courses, to track your development, etc. And that led me to ponder, and here’s my thinking: My question is where to draw the line.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
    [Organization] Innovation Thoughts
    I used the Learning Organization Dimensions diagram (Garvin, Edmondson & Gino) to illustrate the components of successful innovation environment, and these were reflected in their comments. Organize for Complexity by Niels Pflaeging (though they heard this as a concept, not a title). So I presented on innovation to the local ATD chapter a few weeks ago, and they did an interesting and nice thing: they got the attendees to document their takeaways.
  • JANE HART  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
    [Organization] A Blueprint for supporting Modern Professional Learning: Part 2 Overview
    At the heart of this model is a self-reliant, modern employee who addresses their own learning and performance problems, organizes and manages their own professional goals, continuously learns and keeps up to date, builds their own (personally-selected) learning toolkit and maintains their own digital portfolio.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Organization] Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released
    One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations. One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Decisions Are Emotional, Not Logical
    In this graphic , they are organized into four categories: biases that arise from too much information, not enough meaning, the need to act quickly, and the limits of memory. By David Gurteen If a big part of Knowledge Management is about improving decision making then we should take more notice of fascinating research such as this: Decisions Are Emotional - Not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making. Are You Easily Disgusted? You May Be a Conservative.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Organization] simplifying the complexity
    My experience has helped a number of organizations , from the inside and outside, to coach and guide them in creating professional development programs or transition projects. Complex Problems. I like complex problem-solving. Perhaps my most interesting project was when a client gave me a statement of work to ‘simplify the complexity’ I did not have a solution but felt that with my extended networked I would be able to solve their problem.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work
    Gain tips on how to facilitate sessions that will strengthen professional development across your teams and organization. Register now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities. People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course. And, when nonprofits budgets are tight, professional development often gets slashed.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Empowering conversation in the workplace
    On May 11th, I will be taking part in a 1-day workshop on Empowering conversation in the workplace , organized by the Henley Forum. By David Gurteen Conversation is not a nice-to-have but a critical competence of a 21st-century organisation. But often we take it for granted and fail to capitalise on the power of conversation to drive performance, transfer learning, build relationships, make better decisions, innovate and more!
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events
    KMO 2017: the Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge Management in Organizations. By David Gurteen Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. 5th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2017.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] the innovation imperative
    Organizations need to structure for openness, transparency, and diversity. “It turns out that to develop a ‘cumulative culture’ – technology that constantly ratchets up in complexity and diversity – a species needs to be able to share information very accurately. It doesn’t matter how much novel invention takes place, unless those inventions are replicated accurately then they die out before they can be built upon.” ” — Prof. Kevin Laland, University of St.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017
    [Organization] The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence
    As predictions continue to improve, “employers will want workers to augment the value of prediction; the future’s most valuable skills will be those that are complementary to prediction - in other words, those related to judgment… [It] seems likely that organizations will have continuing demand for people who can make responsible decisions (requiring ethical judgment), engage customers and employees (requiring emotional intelligence), and identify new opportunities (requiring creativity).” .
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
    [Organization] humility is the new smart
    It is especially good for anyone who has recently been given positional leadership in an organization. The book closes with a section on The New Smart Organization. Finally, the book suggests that organizations of the future will need to be based on three psychological concepts. In Humility is the New Smart , the authors put forth a new mental model and management framework, based on extensive research on what the ‘smart machine age’ (SMA) will look like. “We
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017
    [Organization] How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone
    This post, “ Five Ways To Organize Your Phone To Unhijack Your Mind ” by Tristan Harris, the former Google employer mentioned above, was particularly useful. I have been reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing at NYU. The book is about our behavioral addictions to our smartphones, video games, social media, and email and how to break them.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017
    [Organization] Top 10 Tools for @C4LPT 2017
    At least until I find a better tool (haven’t really got my mind around Scrivener’s organization, though I’ve tried). Jane Hart is running her annual Top 100 Tools for Learning poll (you can vote too), and here’s my contribution for this year.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017
    [Organization] What you learn not as important as how you learn!
    It’s the ‘secret sauce’ that organizations could be adding in, whether internally or in their offerings. I’m going a bit out on a limb here, with a somewhat heretical statement: what you learn is more important than how you learn ! (You You could say pedagogy supersedes curricula, but that’s just being pedantic. ;) And I’m pushing the boundaries of the concept a bit, but I think it’s worth floating as an idea.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017
    [Organization] leave the hierarchies to the algorithms
    If a corporate algorithm yields a terrible result, smart organizations admit the failure. Also, smart organizations don’t punish employees for raising the flag on a broken algorithm. Smart organizations know what their algorithms are (or that they even exist) and how to fix them. Dumb organizations see the process as inviable. It should be easy to spot the difference between these organizations by the number of disasters seen online,” — John Robb.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
    [Organization] 7 essential facets for enterprise knowledge sharing
    Most large organizations today have some suite of social tools to share information and knowledge. The organization needs to have processes in place that support these seven facets. Contact me if you would like an objective third-party examination of knowledge sharing tools and practices in your organization. But how do they know if they have the optimum tools for their context? Too often the tools are selected and then the workers are left to figure out how to use them.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
    [Organization] stories connect knowledge
    “Perhaps the most central thrust in KM [knowledge management] is to capture and make available, so it can be used by others in the organization, the information and knowledge that is in people’s heads as it were, and that has never been explicitly set down.” — KM World. A lot depends on what the organization wants to preserve. Every organization has to define this for itself. Instead, organizations can engage and promote good story tellers.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
    [Organization] How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space
    This week I was lucky enough to do a Happy Healthy Nonprofit mini-workshop at the Global Giving office, an organization that I have known and worked for the past ten years. Global Giving’s office uses an open office layout to maximize collaboration and connections between staff and projects. It was not long before the organization’s values – like “Never Settle” – made staff feel stretched and conflicted about their work/life balance.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
    [Organization] Exploration Requirements
    Of course, some of it is within the organization, whether it’s the continual dialog around a collaborative venture, or ‘show your work’ (aka work out loud). Similarly, there are risks and rewards in continual exploration on the part of organizations, but fortunately the risks are far less. That’s where strategy, culture, and infrastructure can come together to create an agile, adaptive organization that can thrive in uncertainty.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
    [Organization] How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit
    Tame Your In-Box: If you are sending or reading after hours emails because your inbox is out of control, try using programs like Sanebox to keep your email organized if it is totally out of control. A work culture that includes answering emails at all hours doesn’t make your organization more productive.
  • BETH KANTER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
    [Organization] What is the best way to deliver professional development to nonprofit emerging leaders?
    I am republishing it here with an invitation to join us on April 6 for a webinar with leading talent managers from Acumen, Bridgespan, and The Mission Continues and learn how to embed a culture of learning and leadership within your organization and to visit the new Emerging Leaders Playbook for curated resources focused on Leading Self, Leading Others, and Influencing Organizational Change. And, get direct access to practical tools that you can use within your organization.
  • EUEN SEMPLE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
    [Organization] Unreal Friends
    I have just had a fantastic "sort the world out" lunch with Darryl Carr who instigated this whole trip by recommending me to the conference organizers here in Perth a few months ago. Our paths have only crossed "in real life" once before five years ago in Sydney. Similarly, most of the people who reached out when I was in Melbourne and Sydney are "unreal internet friends" who I get to see once in a blue moon.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
    [Organization] TGIF
    Conway’s Law : “Any organization that designs a system will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.” Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The given is not given unless it is taken, and taking is an act of interpretation. Always.” ” — @dweinberger.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Organization] Leveraging Technology
    I was listening to a tale recounting a time when an organization was going through a change, and had solicited help. And it led me to wonder how many organizations are still doing things the old way. Is your organization leveraging technology appropriately? And this is both at the level of L&D, and then also organization wide. And then are you using that experience to spread the possibilities throughout the organization?
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events
    KMO 2017: the Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge Management in Organizations. By David Gurteen Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. Knowledge For Development, Global Partnership Conference 2017.
  • BETH KANTER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
    [Organization] Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development
    We learned a lot from this project about how best support emerging leaders and all those lessons learned have rolled into the next iteration of the Emerging Leaders Playbook  — a curated collection of resources that support emerging leaders on their journey, and provides talent managers with practical tools to help retain and support emerging leaders within their organizations. And, get direct access to practical tools that you can use within your organization.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
    [Organization] Open Innovation 2.0
    Product service systems - Organizations need to move from just delivering products to also delivering related services that improve sustainability as well as profitability… The ultimate goal of open innovation 2.0 Organizations, ecosystems and communities should measure, manage and improve their innovation processes to deliver results that are predictable, probable and profitable. Participating organizations must create synergies rather than cancel each other out.
  • NINE SHIFT  |  MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
    [Organization] Bizarre Continuing Education Story
    Disclosure and Self Interest: Ed2Go competes with my nonprofit organization, LERN, which offers UGotClass online courses that are promoted by over 200 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. In my 40 years in the field, I have not seen as bizarre a continuing education story as this one.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
    [Organization] Karen Hough ATD Core 4 Keynote Mindmap
    She covered important components of a learning organization like openness to new ideas, diversity, and safety and demonstrated ways to help break down the barriers. Karen Hough kicked off ATD’s Core 4 event with a lively keynote talking about how improvisation reflects many core factors involved in successful organizational agility. Going through her trademarked elements, she had the audience up and participating and reflecting on interpersonal interactions.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
    [Organization] Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload
    More and more we are beginning to recognize the risk of communications overload, and organizations are trying to simplify the workflows for teams. Planning is about using structure and rituals to keep organized. Some organizations have a “no meeting times” zone on a particular day or during certain times each day. Some organizations have explicit policies such as “no email between 7pm-7am.
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